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Warning! For Serious Cooks, an Excellent Choice,
This review is from: Bouchon Bakery (Hardcover)
I've been a casual home baker for years, and lately started becoming more curious about how professional bakers do their thing, and what the key techniques are that make their baking different from mine.
This book was a great choice for me. The authors spare no details at all, the recipes are extremely specific (and measured by weight) and the techniques are explained in lots of detail with colour photos to help. The recipes I've made have turned out perfect, and I've learned a huge amount from the book.
If you want to know what it takes to bake like a professional, there's no way you could do better than Bouchon Bakery. BUT, I feel it's worth warning anyone interested in the book that you will not find many simple, everyday type recipes here. The recipes spare nothing of your time, often demand a substantial amount of baking equipment which you probably don't already have, and make no effort to simplify ingredients.
If you want to bake decent bread in an evening using tools you already own, this book is not for you. If you want bakery perfect French style loaves and baked goods and are willing to work for them and invest in your kitchen, buy Bouchon Bakery right away!
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Initial post: Nov 23, 2012 11:48:51 AM PST
Thank you for the warning! I'm going to buy the book, but it's nice to know in advance that I may have to spend more time on these recipes than the 'everyday' kind.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2016 11:26:01 AM PST
What equipment do you need? I have more than most ppl I know, but curious as to what you are referring to. Thanks in advance.
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